Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has refuted the recent reports from local news outlets on plans to ordered Russian S-300PMU-2 missile systems, said in a 5 July statement.
In the official statement from the Serbian Defense Minister highlighted that Serbia has a high level of cooperation with Russia, but the news on buying S-300 systems is inconsistent with the reality.
Before that, Russian state news agency TASS on 4 July reported that Russia has received an official request from Serbia for supplies of S-300PMU-2 missile systems in 2021.
“Serbia has sent an official request for the supplies of a regimental package of S-300PMU-2 that consists of a regimental command post and two missile battalions,” said in the report by TASS. “At present, the relevant organizations of the Russian defense industry are examining the query,” also noted Russian news agency.
It should be noted that Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic said in April 2017 his country would like to have two battalions and a command point of the Russian antiaircraft missile system S-300 Favorit. But, he said S-300 systems were overly expensive for Serbia but Russia had voiced its intention to help through certain agreements.